Good ol’ WordPress won’t let me embed non-traditional videos anymore, so you’ll have to click on the pictures to head to Conan’s show’s page, but to me – they’re worth it!
I saw Oz the Great and Powerful when it was in theaters. Heck, I even watched it in 3D. I wanted to like it, but those hopes fell asleep in the poppy field.
It was an attempt – but not enough of an attempt. It seemed to try – but not try hard enough.
Here may be the official reason why – it’s a
remake retread ripoff of Sam Raimi’s Army of Darkness. Take a peak:
So let me get to the point – Google has an ad for their new Maps app. Let’s take a peak:
Google Maps takes you to Detroit?! That’s what they want to represent?
The Detroit I see in the ad is one I’d like to visit, but three break-ins in three months got me to move out of there. And now the city is as bankrupt as its government officials were when it comes to morals and serving the people.
Nice try at being edgy, Google. If you love downtown so much, why don’t you move your offices from Ann Arbor to the Motor City?
You can’t, eh? Oh. It’s because you’re using Apple Maps.
1992 doesn’t sound that long ago (unless you were born in or after that year of course), but this anti-piracy ad certainly dates the date:
Speaking of outdated, check out this meeting of the old and the new. The ending before the ending is pretty good, and of course, so is the middle. If you’ve never heard Leonard Nimoy singing the original version of the song he’s singing (no spoiler), then click here. Otherwise, enjoy:
Is this commercial on TV? I haven’t seen it. But then again, I do time shift the ship out of my shows.
So could this mark a renaissance for Kmart? Probably not. But if we’re in store for a slew of new comedic ads, just maybe they’ll find more of us in store.
But probably not.
SIDENOTE: For reference…
BONUS SIDENOTE: Too bad William Shatner is Canadian, otherwise SHATNER 2016!
I regularly watch Conan on TBS mostly out of guilt for not watching him regularly on The Tonight Show before he got shit-canned from NBC. But that feeling of unease cannot compare to the stomach flip I feel when someone disses Andy Richter, like comedian Nick Thune did during this appearance on the show (it happens at about the 5:30 mark):
What’s wrong with the world? Why can’t people just be polite?! It takes minimum time and provides maximum comfort. If people could only rectify their wrongs– wait, Nick Thune did what?
I’ve got a bad feeling about this.
That bad feeling is a mix of is this gonna scare me and is this gonna be a waste of time.
This is the remake of Evil Dead. Judging by this moment in the previews (stuck in a fifteen minute loop), I’m tipping toward the first part of my bad feeling:
But why is that so scary? I’d like to think it’s due to mostly practical effects as opposed to CGI. Case in point – two flicks I’ve recently caught on cable that freaked me a little bit out. Well, one did more than the other, and I’ll let you guess which was which. But they were both made in the 80’s, so that explains a lot.
Here’s Coma Baby from Bright Lights, Big City:
Here’s Alfred E. Neuman from Up the Academy (also on loop):
I was waiting to write this (as well as many of my other posts) until I could remember the fourth band I’ve noticed going V crazy. Allow me to introduce to you a possible new V trend. Band names that contain unnecessary V’s:
Now I’m starting to get really mad because the fourth band replaced the U with a V like CHVRCHES did. Maybe y’all can help. Here are their videos to fill space:
When I do figure it out, I’ll be sure to add to the comments section.
And if you’re wondering how can I call this letter injection an impending trend? Let’s see… do you remember the likes of Blink-182, 311, Sum 41, SR-71, Matchbox Twenty, 3 Doors Down, Third Eye Blind, Eve 6, Eiffel 65, Seven Mary Three, Finger Eleven, and Maroon 5? Notice any pattern?
Oh wait! Maybe it’s not the letter V… what if it’s a Roman numeral?
Maroon V anyone?
For those of you that are new – I call stealing something in the name of art liberal borrowing.
For those of you that knew – what didn’t you tell the new people?
My latest discovery comes in the form of Hey Rosetta’s Red Heart. Though it’s not as
cut-and-dry cut-and-paste as some of my cases, I think you’d be remit to not admit a blatant similarity to Better Than Ezra’s In the Blood. Take a listen to the opening melody structures and meet me down below:
Okay it’s more like a liberal liberal borrowing. Or maybe one just reminds me of the other. Kind of like how the opening of Churchill’s Change reminds me of Dean Martin’s Sway:
Oh what do you know about anything!